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SSL unveils mic preamps

SSL unveils mic preamps
Pure Drive Quad

SSL unveils mic preamps

With the Pure Drive Quad and Pure Drive Octo microphone preamplifiers, Solid State Logic (SSL) has developed two 2U rack-based studio tools. Available in four-channel (Quad) or eight-channel (Octo) configurations, both preamplifiers incorporate SSL's SuperAnalogue PureDrive Technology.

With Drive mode, both rack-mountable units feature analogue and digital connectivity options together with an integrated USB-C soundcard. Providing four mic preamp input impedance options, various tonal possibilities or mic pre impedances can be matched closely to the microphone. Additionally, each mic pre includes independent +48V phantom power, polarity inversion and a high pass filter, which is sweepable on Quad.

Both Quad and Octo feature three different Drive modes with Classic Drive, Clean and Asymmetric Drive. Retaining the clarity of previous SSL designs, the units offer the added versatility of switching its character to a warm, harmonically rich tone that varies with gain. The PureDrive Classic microphone preamplifier was first introduced within the Origin recording console for generating predominantly odd harmonics. Clean mode delivers SSL's signature ultra-low noise floor, linear preamp. Finally, Asymmetric Drive provides comprehensive digital connectivity and a USB-C interface, and can be characterised by a pronounced thickness, colouration and softening of transients.

Both units feature four front-mounted Hi-Z/DI instrument inputs with automatic input detection, rear-mounted combo XLR inputs, D-sub connectors for line-level inputs, in addition to insert send and insert return. All insert returns/ADC inputs operate up to full +24dBu line level, for interfacing with other professional equipment. The integrated USB-C soundcard offer up to 32-bit/192kHz conversion, AES/EBU outputs and ADAT out with SMUX. The AES and ADAT outputs can be individually repurposed to be fed from the onboard USB soundcard as outputs from a DAW. An auto-ranging word clock input and output for digital clocking is also included.

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